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2nd Australian Convention: Sydney 27-29 January 2017

The 2nd Australian Sacred Harp Convention will be held in Sydney from Friday 27-Sunday 29 January 2017.

We hope you can join us for some wonderful singing.

We’re on the lookout for somewhere special to sing on Friday evening. On the Saturday and Sunday we’ll be singing in Newtown.

More details to come soon.

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July workshop in Brisbane

Sunday 3rd July, Brisbane Shapenote will hold its regular “first-Sunday-of-the-month” sing at the Magda Community Artz hall, at 80 Boundary Rd, Bardon.

We meet at 1.30pm and SING (with a break to refresh) until 5pm.

Come for all of the time or some of the time. All welcome.

Music books provided, as is afternoon tea – and all for $5 a head! What a bargain!!

But wait .. there’s more!


On Wednesday 6 July there’s an Extraordinary sing, 6-8pm FREE at the West End Croquet Club,91 Cordelia St (Musgrave Park), West End where we’ll have the great benefit of two super-experienced American Shapenote singers, Karen and Ken Willard.

Karen Willard is a well-known American Shapenote singing school teacher and music publisher from Seattle. This is a rare opportunity for Australians curious about this musical tradition.

Email Rob and Suzanne for more information

Victorian All Day 2016

Please join us for the 4th annual Victorian All-Day

16 July, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Brunswick Uniting Church hall (212 Sydney Rd Brunswick)

More information on the Victorian All Day 2016 page.

Sydney All Day 2016

This year’s All Day will provide a rare opportunity to learn from Karen Willard, one of America’s best-known singers. There’s also a special Sydney-themed singing on Sunday which will be great fun.

We’d love to see you there.

More information on the Sydney All Day Singing 2016 page.

New regular singings in Brisbane

Following a very successful All Day Singing in Brisbane in March, Brisbane Shapenote have started regular singings in Bardon on the first Sunday of the month.

A warm welcome to our northern friends!

More information on the Brisbane page.

New singings in Tasmania

A huge and warm welcome to the Tasmanian Shape Note Singers who have recently started regular singings in Sorell, near Hobart.

It’s so exciting to see more groups springing up.

More information on the  Hobart page.

236 Easter Anthem

According to the Sacred Harp publishing company, “Easter Anthem” is the 88th most popular song and the second most sung anthem in the book. It’s so popular that at Easter it is only sung marginally more frequently, unlike other seasonal songs that see a spike in popularity. It’s a new tune to the Sydney singers but we are going to give it a whirl on Easter Sunday for the first time.

Hollow Square Hymnal

Cardiphonia released a new compilation of songs inspired by the shape note tradition on Ash Wednesday this year.  The songs draw from a long history of sacred music in America captured in the Sacred Harp and Southern Harmony (and many other) hymnals.

Listen online at

Quote Note

The rich multicultural history of Protestant music, which absorbed in the folk styles of each region that was converted, is reflected in the repertory of the Sacred Harpers. There is the influence of John Calvin and the 1539 Genevan Psaltery and of the brilliant Scots psalmodists later in the sixteenth century, where unison and heterophony were fostered; of the musical reformers of the Anglican service; of the radical Methodists, like John and Charles Wesley, who brought many British folk and popular tunes into the hymnals by setting religious words to them; and, all-pervasive, of the Baptists, who led the way in the popular religious revivals in Britain and America and thus introduced many folk tunes and much folksy singing into the church.

From White Spirituals from the Sacred Harp, by Alan Lomax

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